5 Healthy Fats Your Diet is Missing
Lay your fears about fat to rest & maximize your overall health
Over the past few decades, fat in foods has been given a bad rap. With new research, we now know some fats are imperative to our overall well-being.
Here’s the truth about fats:
- All fat is NOT equal.
In the past, all fats were lumped together, but there are various types of fats. Out of the three main types of fat, you want to stick with unsaturated fats; these are your healthy fats. Stay away from trans and saturated fats; these fats are typically stored as body fat with little to no nutritional value!
- Eating fat does NOT make you fat.
Don’t worry, consuming healthy fats will not be reflected on the scale! Good fats can actually reduce your cravings and appetite while making you feel full faster and longer. As long as you are mindful of your calorie intake, you’re free to consume healthy fat in moderation.
- High-fat foods do NOT raise your cholesterol.
While saturated and trans fats are known to raise cholesterol, unsaturated fats are proven to significantly lower your cholesterol levels.
- Healthy fats DO have important nutritional value.
The nutritional benefits of healthy fats are endless. Not only do healthy fats support normal brain and body functioning, but your body needs fat for hormone production, cell generation, muscle movement, blood clotting, and much more.
So, what fats are okay? Add these 5 staple, healthy fats to your grocery list:
Avocados are packed full of good fats! In fact, it’s one of the most nutritious fruits you can eat. Rich in monounsaturated fats, they will lower your bad cholesterol while providing you with critical nutrients like vitamin E and folate. Avocados are great by themselves, but try adding some to your next salad!
- Olive Oil
Olive oil is extremely high in monounsaturated fats which leads to improved memory and cognitive function while at the same time working as an anti-inflammatory. It’s perfect drizzled over food; Or, try switching it out with your usual salad dressing.
- Coconut Oil
One of the richest sources of saturated fat, coconut oil is easily digestible, a potent source of energy, and actually boosts your fat burning. Adding coconut oil to your diet can also improve brain functioning, memory, and heart health. Add it to your morning coffee or switch it out for your typically cooking/baking oil.
- Nuts & Seeds
This is your go-to healthy fat snack! With high levels of antioxidants and omega-3s, nuts and seeds great for your brain. They are loaded with protein, vitamin E, magnesium, and various other vitamins and minerals. Nuts and seeds are great on their own, but try adding chia seeds to your next yogurt or smoothie.
- Raw Cacao
Raw cacao, known as a “superfood”, is dense in essential nutrients and minerals like fiber, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, etc. It’s full of the heart-healthy, monounsaturated fat, oleic acid as well as being one of the best antioxidants available. Like most of these high-fat foods, cacao will improve memory, circulation, heart and brain functioning. When you have a hankering for something chocolate, try raw cacao nibs instead of a candy bar!
With this, we hope you can finally lay your fear of fats to rest! Adding these healthy fats to your diet can be easy and truly painless while providing you with endless health benefits. It’s time to take YOUR healing & YOUR wellness into your own hands. Fortunately, we have open access to the most potent, medicinal tool out there: food!